Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi

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Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi
Emir (Ruler) of Sharjah
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Emir of Sharjah
Reign 1972 – present

Sheikh Khalid III bin Muhammad al-Qasimi (1931 – 24 January 1972)

Sheikh Saqr bin Muhammad al-Qasimi (acting 25 January 1972 – 1972)
Crown Prince Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Bin Sultan Al Qasimi
Born (1939-07-06) 6 July 1939 (age 77)
Sharjah, Trucial States
Spouse Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi
Issue Crown Prince Mohammed (1974–99), Khalid (1981–), daughters
Full name
Sultan bin Muhammad bin Saqr Al-Qassimi
Arabic صاحب السمو الشيخ سلطان بن محمد القاسمي
House Sharjah branch of Al Qasimi
Father Sheikh Mohammed Bin Saqr Bin Khalid Al Qasimi
Mother Sheikha Maryam Bint Ghanem Bin Salem Al Shamsi

Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, commonly known as Sheikh Sultan III, (Arabic: سلطان بن محمد القاسمي‎‎; born 6 July 1939) is the sovereign ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah and a member of the Federal Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates.[1] He has ruled Sharjah continuously since January 1972, apart from a six-day period in June 1987, during an attempted coup led by his brother Sheikh `Abd al-`Aziz bin Muhammad al-Qasimi.[2] He is also an established historian and has published several theatrical and literary works.

Early life and education[edit]

After completing his elementary and secondary education between Sharjah, Kuwait City and Dubai, Al-Qasimi went on to study a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering at Cairo University, graduating in 1971. He completed a PhD with distinction in History at Exeter University in 1985, and another in the Political Geography of the Gulf at Durham University in 1999.

The Emir is an Indophile, has made numerous visits to India in his private capacity, and even speaks Malayalam language, albeit haltingly. His abiding interest and affinity for India has been attributed to the fact that as a child, he was raised by a Malayali nanny from Kerala, and picked up Malayalam language from her.

Official and professorial positions[edit]

Sheikh Sultan succeeded his brother Sheikh Khalid bin Mohammed Al Qasimi as Emir after his assassination on 25 January 1972.[3] He was previously Minister of Education for the Emirates.

In addition to those offices, he holds several educational posts. He became president of both the American University of Sharjah and University of Sharjah in 1997, and was named Visiting Professor at Exeter University, his alma mater, in 1998. He became a Professor of Modern History of the Gulf at the University of Sharjah in 1999. In 2008 he also became a Visiting Professor at Cairo University.

Honorary degrees and awards[edit]

  • Honorary Doctorate in Laws (LLD); McMaster University; Hamilton, Canada; May 2004[4]


  • Sheikha Moza Bint Salem Al Mana Al Falasi
    • Sheikha Azza Bint Sultan Al Qasimi (1973)
    • Sheikh Mohammed Bin Sultan Al Qasimi (1974–1999), Crown Prince of Sharjah (-1999), died in Sharjah Emirial Mansion, England.
  • Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi
    • Sheikha Bodour Bint Sultan Al Qasimi (1978) m. Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Qasimi
      • Sheikha Maryam Bint Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Qasimi
      • Sheikh Ahmed Bin Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Qasimi
      • Sheikha Alia Bint Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Qasimi
    • Sheikha Noor Bint Sultan Al Qasimi (1979)
    • Sheikha Hoor Bint Sultan Al Qasimi (1980)
    • Sheikh Khalid Bin Sultan Al Qasimi (1980)


  1. ^ "Biography of Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi". Retrieved 9 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Jessup, John E.,"An encyclopedic dictionary of conflict and conflict resolution, 1945–1996", Page 773, Greenwood Press, 1998
  3. ^ "Netty Royal". 
  4. ^

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